Thursday, 31 March 2016

Jolly Hockey Sticks!

What better way to spend your birthday than trying on some new clothes and taking drugs? After a short taxi ride to St Pauls, I was given my own room, a comfy bed and a lovely blue gown.  I was told it's all the rage to have a big gap down the back of your dress and as everyone else seemed to be going for it,  I thought 'why not? In for a penny, in for a .....dollar?'.  I love to experience new cultures and if this is what the Canadians do - being part Canadian myself - I felt it was only right to try it once! I got changed whilst wishing I'd done a better job of shaving my legs and had put bigger knickers on. I kept my socks on for a bit of colour and individuality and hopped on to the bed. I was just starting to feel good when the pain came back.




The drugs they offered were relaxing but I could have done with a bit of Simon and Garfunkle to really get me in the mood. I already had the troubled waters. All I needed was that blasted bridge they keep harping on about! The initial thoughts on my condition are that I might have a similar thing to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome - only in both legs and on much bigger nerves . It's not much fun but it does give me a bonafide excuse to go all weak and feeble if ever a good looking lumberjack comes by. There is always a silver lining! Neurology tests tomorrow to be doubly sure and hopefully some confirmation soon from my useless insurance company that they are going to cover all this! However, I am confident that it is nothing a bit of rest, some physio, new shocks and chocolate can't sort out!

I like to be thorough when checking out countries and so whilst in Vancouver I thought I would leave Rhonda for a while and focus on two things - the medical facilities and the Hockey! Why not?  Canada is supposed to be good at both of these (I'll get to the lumberjacks later).

After a few days rest I was offered some Ice Hockey tickets. The stadium was just down the road and I was up for having a real Canadian experience. I needed something to take my mind off things and if that didn't work - I still had the drugs!

On the way over I was glad to have Jeremy to lean on. Jeremy is a fellow RTW rider that I  had met
originally in Australia. Shane, Jeremy and myself spent a few days together in and around Brisbane over a year ago. We stayed in touch and Jeremy just happened to be back in his hometown of Vancouver as I was rolling in. His eldest daughter had got us the tickets a couple of hours before and so off we went to Rogers Arena to watch the Vancouver Canucks V San Jose Sharks.

It was a game of 3 thirds! Apparently it was not a great game but the whole experience for me was really interesting. It seems Canadians take their aggression out on the sports field! A fight is a regular and almost expected part of the game. It is not stopped unless a third person joins in. It can only be one-on-one. The refs standby incase it gets out of hand but otherwise they are allowed to just get stuck in!  Sometimes I would forget about the game and just people watch in the crowd. The sides are mixed so there is no separation of fans. Does that happen anywhere else? Everyone just seemed to get on. There was no foul language to be heard and no hotdogs were thrown in anger! Perhaps this game was just not  edge-of-the-seat enough to get them riled, but it seemed clear to me at that moment why Canadians don't start wars! They may be tough but they are not aggressive - not until you put a hockey stick in their hand! So far I like my fellow countrymen and I look forward to meeting more of them.

I like to think that if I had stayed in Canada I would have been an Ice Hockey player! Is it too late?

In the meantime, whilst I consider the parallel world where I am Steph Jeavons - hockey player extraordinaire, and whilst the last of the snow thaws in Alaska - Rhonda and I will be taking a break from the big rides for a few weeks and enjoying the fresh smell of cherry blossoms in the wonderful and varied British Colombia. Next stop - Peachland!














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  2. Let me know your route and timing. I'll meet you en route to the Okanagan.

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  4. Hockey, Canadian health care - now all you need is some poutine and maple syrup to complete your indoctrination. Hope you're better soon, but meantime, enjoy all that BC has to offer because it's a lot!

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  5. Hi Stephen
    Sounds like you are getting to see and experience more than the just great landscape in BC! Hope you take plenty of R&R time. Vic

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  6. I couldn't, resist....slow down, you been moving too fast, yah got makse this RWT last, just keep kicking down the cobble stones, lookin for fun and feeling groovy! Vic

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    1. Nice! :) Had me singing it all morning until Jeremy threatened to strangle me if I sang it again!!! :)

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  7. It's nice to see you looking after the aches and pains.

    Vancouver is a great place, I will be there in May visiting my son. By then I am sure you will be in Alaska, searching for Santa Claus.

    Are you a Canadian citizen?

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    1. Yes but not a resident so no free healthcare for me.

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  8. Very cool! Hope you get better, and the ride is pain free.

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  10. I love hockey, such a fun sport to watch. but i doubt i could ever do it myself, lol.

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